Featured AI for Accessibility projects
Check out how our grantees are using AI powered technology to make the world more inclusive.
Zyrobotics helps make STEM accessible to all children, with tools to learn coding and to become confident and proficient in a digital world.Download Zyrobotics overview
Increasing reading fluency with AI
Zyrobotics uses Microsoft AI to develop ReadAble Storiez, a STEM-based reading fluency program for students with disabilities and diverse learning needs.
Counting Zoo, an immersive eReader, uses Azure Speech Services to convert speech to onscreen text and incorporates narration, visuals, and interactive play to engage users.
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Gamified speech therapy
Speech therapy can be monotonous for kids, and therapists often have little data on how well kids are performing their therapy. Verboso is bridging that gap by creating video games controlled by speech therapy exercises which motivate students and provide real-time feedback for clinicians.
Expanding inclusive hiring
Our Ability is furthering inclusive hiring in the manufacturing and scientific research field, by offering employment seekers with cognitive disabilities an accessible and intuitive AI-powered chatbot to help them prepare for job interviews.
Improving communication for ALS and MS patients
Pison Technology has developed a patented wrist-wearable neuromuscular sensing system that offers hands-free, microgesture-based control of digital platforms, and will improve communication for individuals with neuromuscular disabilities such as ALS and MS.
Helping people living with epilepsy
Researchers at the University of Sydney are developing an intelligent and real-time brain signal processing system for people living with epilepsy. The smart seizure advisory system delivers a timely warning about the likelihood of epileptic seizure strike.
Helping people navigate around town
Mass Eye and Ear, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, is advancing navigation services for people who are blind or have ultra-low vision. While many services specify the vicinity of a bus stop, their SuperVision Search app guides users to exact bus stop locations in 12 cities.
Making people aware of their surroundings
UC Berkeley is building a mobile app for users who are blind or have low vision that uses the device’s sensors and cameras to provide captions and audio descriptions of their surroundings.
Understanding non-standard speech patterns
Voiceitt is building automatic speech recognition technology designed to understand non-standard speech patterns, to provide individuals with speech disabilities an enhanced real-time communication platform.
Exercise app for people who are blind or have low vision
Researchers at the University of Iowa are developing an intelligent application for people who are blind or with low vision to independently walk around a 400-meter track. The app can determine if someone is veering from their lane and delivers real-time feedback to help them stay on track.
VR job interview training for people with Autism
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University is developing virtual reality-based systems that provide people with autism job interview training through meaningful multimodal interactions.
Communication and connection
Communication is fundamental to providing equal access. Technology can create new possibilities regardless of how a person listens, speaks, or writes.
The unemployment rate is more than twice as high for people with disabilities. AI can help people develop more advanced skills in the workplace and evolve the culture around inclusive hiring.
We see great opportunities in building modern solutions for people with disabilities by making software and devices smarter and more contextually relevant.